June 20

    Yumiko Hotta
  • Lineups have been released for all three nights of the AJW Odaiba Explosion events, the ringside seats for which have already sold out on all three nights.

    As expected, July 14 will be headlined by Manami Toyota vs. Eagle Sawai. Toyota should keep the title here. Eagle isn't someone that they can use to draw money by having her as champion therefore a title switch would be incredibly pointless. With AJW however, anything is possible. Yumiko Hotta will destroy Miyuki Fuji in a complete waste of time. In tag team tournament matches (more on that later), Takahashi and Nakanishi meet Noumi and Wakizawa, and Shimoda and Mita take on the mystery Jd' team. Other match is Chaparrita ASARI vs. a mystery opponent for the WWWA Super Light Weight title.

    July 15 is a more interesting show. The main event has Azumi Hyuga vs. Tomoko Watanabe for the All Pacific title. Although Watanabe is thought of as being above the AP title level, she is almost a lock to regain the strap here. Manami Toyota and Chaparrita ASARI vs. Kaoru Ito and Yumiko Hotta should be a good match; look for ASARI to do the job. In tag tournament matches, Tsubasa Kuragaki and Commando Bolshoi meet either Wakizawa and Noumi or Nakanishi and Takahashi, and Watanabe and Maekawa are to take on Shimoda and Mita or Team Jd'.

    July 16 has an unbelievably lame lineup: Miho Wakizawa vs. Kayo Noumi and Momoe Nakanishi vs. Nanae Takahashi in JGP matches, Kumiko Maekawa vs. Tomoko Watanabe and the tag tournament finals. Having Watanabe and Maekawa scheduled to compete on this show, much less against each other is ridiculous booking because it will make most of the potential ticket buyers think that their team doesn't have a chance of reaching the tag team title tournament finals.

  • WWWA Tag Team champions Kumiko Maekawa and Tomoko Watanabe have vacated the tag team titles. A tournament will take place at the Fuji TV studio's to determine new champions.

  • I'm now down to 4-2 in Grand Prix predictions as on June 18 Nanae Takahashi went to a draw with Kayoko Haruyama. This puts Takahashi currently in first place. Unless some surprise results occur later in the tournament, it looks like Takahashi will probably edge out Wakizawa to make the finals, almost certainly against Momoe Nakanishi.

  • AJW have released the lineup for their debut show at Differ Ariake on July 2, and it doesn't sound much good on paper:
    • Takako Inoue vs. Kumiko Maekawa. Either woman could win this.
    • Nanae Takahashi and Miho Wakizawa vs. an LLPW team. Unless LLPW sends Miho Watabe and Umako Oga, the AJW women definately lose.
    • Momoe Nakanishi vs. Kayo Noumi in a JGP match. Momoe wins this.
    • Main event is a tag with Kaoru Ito and Tomoko Watanabe vs. Manami Toyota and Yumiko Hotta. This should be a good match that either team could win.


    June 18

    Shinobu Kandori
  • The main event of LLPW's first card at Differ Ariake on July 2 will be Shinobu Kandori vs. Genichiro Tenryu. Tenryu and Kandori have previously met in mixed tags on December 8 1995 (Fuyuki & Kandori vs. Kandori & Ultimo Dragon), and in the WAR/LLPW mixed tag tournament in September 1998 (Kandori & Araya vs. Kazama & Tenryu).

  • Video tapes of ARSION ARS 2000 and Starlet 2000 are both now on sale.

  • Aja Kong defeated Stalker Ichikawa at the June 4 Toryumon show. Ichikawa's offence included a low blow and grabbing Aja's breasts.

  • Azumi Hyuga and Commando Bolshoi won the JWP Tag Team titles from ZAP I and ZAP T at Korakuen Hall today.

  • Manami Toyota vs. Eagle Sawai for the WWWA Title is almost certainly going to be the main event of one of the Fuji TV Studio tapings next month. The rivalry between the two was heavily played up in a six woman tag team match at Korakuen on June 4 where the match ended with both Toyota and Eagle KO'ed.

  • Complete lineup for Jd' "No Holds Barred" on July 1 is:
    • The Bloody and Yuko Kosugi vs. Fang Suzuki and Morimatsu. No apparent reason for Bloody and Kosugi to be teaming. The match makes even less sense considering Fang and Kosugi were teaming a few weeks back, and Bloody is scheduled to be teaming with Morimatsu on future shows.
    • Mima Shimoda and Sachie Abe vs. Megumi Yabushita and Ran Maru.
    • Sumie Sakai vs. Princess Maru in Sakai's return match. Sakai should win this.

  • I'm currently 4-1 in predictions for the AJW Grand Prix which shows that either I can read the bookers mind (obviously not the case), or that they've made the tournament too predictable. Yesterday's show had Takahashi over Fuji and Wakizawa over Haruyama as expected.

  • Jd' on July 1 has Takako Inoue vs. Yoshiko Tamura, and a mixed tag team match with Kyoko Inoue and Chocoball Mukai vs. Misae Genki and Kimura. On July 3 at Korakuen Hall they have Genki vs. Junko Yagi, and Mizuki Ishiwara vs. Saya Endo in a worked shoot.

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